Detailed treatment of the Los Angeles Fire Department, its equipment, personnel and activities. With excellent Kodachrome footage of firefighters at work, fires, nighttime neon signs, and fire prevention and safety activities.
Run time 15:45Producer Los Angeles Fire Department (?)Sponsor Los Angeles Fire DepartmentAudio/Visual Sd, C
October 26, 2005
Where's Stilman when you need him?
Big fires! Little Fires! Everybodys reporting a fire! cries the narrator (honestly) at the beginning of this 30 minute expose of the LAFD. And when I say expose I mean expose, as this tells some rather interesting things that I am not too sure whether we were supposed to know about. Like the factor of the number of fire departments is directly connected to how much the property value is in the neighborhood. Like wow. This whole thing is fun, fun fun actually, because the film tells of the many little menial jobs that get to ride on the big big fire truck (and watch it take corners!). We see fire swampers go in and start trying to salvage furniture by adding sawdust (to stop water) (but isnt sawdust, uh, flammable?) and trying to make sure not everything gets burned to a crisp. I have no idea if such a position is used anymore. As a matter of fact, half of this sort of looks obsolete because of new technology probably, but not to worry, as it looks like the FD looked like they knew exactly what they were doing.